Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Laws are a collection of rules adopted by society to regulate the state’s affairs and the actions of the people within it. They are a reflection of that society’s principles and ideals. Laws illustrate what a culture believes in as being right or wrong and what is acceptable social and personal conduct. Moreover, they echo […]

Check this out – Tennessee law 39-3-101 states: “In this part, and in every law relating to or affecting animals, the words animal or dumb animal shall be held to include every living creature; the words torture, torment, or cruelty shall be held to include every act, omission, or neglect whereby unjustifiable physical pain, suffering, […]

Allegedly, a city law exists in Fairbanks, Alaska that states that it is illegal to feed alcoholic beverages to a moose.  That law is pretty reasonable.  After all, moose are big, and wild, and strong.  While they are not normally aggressive, it is possible to provoke them into charging, which would be a really bad […]

Because of a recent trip to Kentucky (I type this post from the Blue Grass State itself, in fact) I thought I’d see what types of crazy laws they have here.  Lucky for me, I stumbled upon KRS 437.050 which states: “Any person who interferes with any person addressing a public audience within this state, […]

We’ve all heard stories about weird laws: no chewing gum on Sundays, no riding horses backwards, no concealed weapons over 6 feet long. However, there’s a whole subset of weird laws that have a certain local flair that can’t be found in any other part of the country. Here are a few of the strangest […]

Ever let a friend use your Netflix account? If so, prepare yourself for the potential of a massive fine and jail time—if you’re in Tennessee, at least. State legislators in Tennessee passed a bill in 2011 making it illegal to share your password for any of the various subscription streaming sites, including Hulu, Rhapsody, and, […]

In the neat little book I found, it says that there is a law in West Virginia that states:  “If any person post another, or in writing or in print use any reproachful or contemptuous language to or concerning another, for not fighting a duel, or for not sending or accepting a challenge, he shall […]

OK.  The law, as a gazillion different places on the internet states, is that “it is illegal to stab yourself to gain someone’s pity.”  As it turns out, this is an inaccurate rewording of the actual law.  It makes it funnier.  Did you laugh? The real law is Section 13A-14-1 which says, “Maiming one’s self […]

Have you ever snapped a fallen branch by stepping on it to hear that satisfying cracking noise?  Even worse, have you ever purposefully collected and later burned dried twigs and forest litter to start a camp fire in an authorized area?  That’s it.  You’ve just broken the law in any state park in Colorado.  It […]

There’s no shortage of stories about strange or stupid laws in effect all over the US. While many of them are just that – stories, there actually are some rather unusual laws that have made the books. Here’s a list of 10 actual, weird laws that have graced the legislative halls of different states across […]